BRANCHING OUT: ENGLAND’S BEST TREE-TOP ESCAPES
Once solely a province of young boys and Ewoks, treehouses suddenly seem to be en vogue, offering adventurous travellers a unique travel experience. In recognition, Sky1 launches The Great Tree House Challenge tonight – a three-part documentary charting the efforts of three communities as they attempt to create the ultimate treehouse.
Here, VisitEngland rounds up some of the country’s finest treetop accommodation that will have you swinging from the canopies.
Chewton Glen Tree House Suites, Hampshire
Coming July 2012
New for 2012, the award-winning five-star Chewton Glen has recently announced the development of six Tree House Suites within the grounds of the hotel. The Tree House Suites will appear to float across a wooded valley and will offer impeccable eco credentials along with Chewton Glen's world-renowned service and attention to detail. Each tree house will be on stilts, like floating lily pads balancing between the valley and tree canopy. Floor-to-ceiling glass will provide panoramic views of the New Forest. They will provide a feeling of showering under the stars, with a spa bath and fire pit on the deck and a covered outdoors. The six Tree House Suites will comprise of 12 suites (4 junior suites and 8 master suites). A maximum of six people can stay in each tree house.
Treehouses at Centre Parcs, Longleat Forest
Coming January 2012
Following the success of the Treehouses at Centre Parcs’ Sherwood Forest property, three Treehouses will be available at Longleat Forest from January 2012. The luxury two-storey Treehouses will be set among the trees in a quiet corner of the 400 acres of woodland at Longleat Forest in Wiltshire and feature 4 en-suite bedrooms, an open plan kitchen, dining and living area, a separate games den (accessed along a timber walkway) and a private hot tub. With family time at the heart of all lodge designs at Center Parcs, this brand new style of accommodation is no exception, with beautifully styled open plan living area, family dining area and snug area perfect for storytelling and relaxation. The Treehouses are part of an on-going accommodation restyling programme including New Style Exclusive Lodges at Longleat Forest.
Prices from £199
Fair Oak Farm, East Sussex
Two new luxury eco-lodge treehouses are now available to book for self-catering breaks at Fair Oak Farm, Mayfield, for grown-ups that want to fulfil their childhood dreams. Set amidst an ancient treeline and mature trees, both lodges provide couples with complete privacy and uninterrupted valley views across the stunning Sussex countryside. Built almost entirely of sustainable timber and fully insulated, the treehouses have sheltered balconies and are connected to a dedicated parking area by a winding path.
2 nights from £150 (two sharing)
The Treehouse, Somerset
The Treehouse has a stunning treetop location with an idyllic outlook and beautiful garden. If you are holidaying with children, they are happy to provide toys, games, books and DVDs. The Treehouse is always supplied with Egyptian cotton linen; fluffy towels, flowers, cosy bathrobes, toiletries and a complimentary basket of seasonal local produce. The wood burning stove is always set ready to light during winter months. From dining out in style to sleeping in the stars, the Treehouse provides high-life living.
4 nights from £495 (two sharing)
Castle Cottage Treehouse, Sussex
Built into a huge sweet chestnut tree on the edge of a wood, a substantial staircase leads you up to a thatched room with a double bed set between the tree branches, looking out through large glass doors to the tree tops. It has an en-suite shower room bathed in light from the glass roof and covered with handmade mosaic tiles. A large balcony with swing seats sets the scene to the perfect romantic break. From £145 per night (two sharing)
Alnwick Treehouse, Northumberland – A restaurant with a difference
Enter this wooden turreted eatery via a wobbly, candle-lit suspension bridge to see trees actually growing out of the dining room floor. Once inside, nature really is all around you, with creepers clinging onto the walls and wood just about everywhere you look – including on the tables – which are formed from tree slices. The focus on what’s natural continues with the menu, which features local sea crab, organic sausages from nearby Northumberland farmlands and whole roasted wood pigeon.
Three-course Sunday Lunch menu from £19.95 (per person)
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